Congratulations! You have taken the first step to study abroad!
Studying abroad plays an important role in a Wheeling Jesuit education. There are thousands of programs around the globe. Although we belong to several consortia, you are able to study at one which will meet your goals and objectives.
So the first step is to decide why you want to study abroad and where you want to go.
Why Study Abroad?
Study abroad is becoming a crucial component in a university education. More and more students than ever before are studying abroad. But, why do you want to study abroad?
- To fulfill core requirements
- To master a foreign language or maybe even learn a new one like Chinese, Arabic, or Japanese
- To visit places you have only read about in a book or seen pictures of
- ...or maybe it's just a dream you have always had.
In addition to the above reasons, here are some others:
Become More Marketable
Employers are looking for employees with an international perspective, knowledge of other cultures, and proficiency in a foreign language. Your experience abroad will give you a more global perspective on the world in which we live and you will begin to view issues from an international perspective.
Learn a Foreign Language
Want to master the language you are currently studying or learn a new language? Then, study abroad. If you have always wanted to study Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, or Korean, you can do so on a program abroad.
Experience the World
When you study outside the U.S., you are given a chance to experience a culture different from your own. You are able to learn about local customs and traditions, visit cultural events, and try new foods.
Grow as a Person
Study abroad takes you out of your comfort zone and challenges you both academically and personally. You will be faced with new situations that will test your abilities to learn and adapt, and you will develop a more sophisticated view of the world and a broadened perspective of other cultures.
There are programs abroad for every major and minor. Don't speak a foreign language? No problem. There are programs in English all over the world.